Holding Her Breath
SHORTLISTED FOR THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE KATE O’BRIEN AWARD 2022
‘A stunning debut from this new Irish talent’ STELLAR
A young woman comes of age in the shadow of her family’s tragic past
When Beth Crowe starts university, she is shadowed by the ghost of her potential as a competitive swimmer. Free to create a fresh identity for herself, she finds herself among people who adore the poetry of her grandfather, Benjamin Crowe, who died tragically before she was born. She embarks on a secret relationship – and on a quest to discover the truth about Benjamin and his widow, her beloved grandmother Lydia. The quest brings her into an archive that no scholar has ever seen, and to a person who knows things about her family that nobody else knows.
Holding Her Breath is a razor-sharp, moving and seriously entertaining novel about complicated love stories, ambition and grief – and a young woman coming fully into her powers.
‘A beautiful coming-of-age story told with impressive skill and lightness of touch . . . I absolutely loved it’ LOUISE O’NEILL
‘Whip smart observations and addictive prose’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
‘Precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read’ RODDY DOYLE
‘A moving debut with a satisfying conclusion’ IRISH INDEPENDENT
‘Brilliant, vivid – I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY’ MARIAN KEYES
‘A nimble account of student life with a darkly enjoyable undercurrent of secrecy and emotional turmoil’ SARA BAUME
‘A truly compelling read, and one I wholeheartedly recommend’ BUZZ
‘Through the dark sky of our times, Eimear Ryan arrives like a comet, a bright talent scorching through every page’ DOIREANN NI GHRIOFA, author of A Ghost in the Throat
‘Brilliantly realised, gripping, and moving . . . This is absolutely the real thing’ KEVIN POWER
‘Written with a wonderful clarity and insight, Holding Her Breath lingers in the imagination. Beth’s unravelling and re-ravelling is drawn with great skill and empathy. A brilliant debut’ DONAL RYAN
From the first sentence to the last, this is a great piece of writing - precise, sure, engaging, and a joy to read -- Roddy Doyle A moving debut with a satisfying conclusion * Irish Independent * Through the dark sky of our times, Eimear Ryan arrives like a comet, a bright talent scorching through every page. To read this book is to feel it blaze to life. I can't stop thinking about it -- Doireann Ni Ghriofa, author of A Ghost in the Throat A beautiful coming-of-age story told with impressive skill and lightness of touch. It marks the arrival of an exciting new voice on the Irish literary scene, one whom I can't wait to hear more from. I absolutely loved it -- Louise O'Neill Whip-smart observations and addictive prose * Sunday Telegraph * Effortlessly weaving together a gripping, multi-layered plot, while maintaining a profoundly tender touch, Ryan has marked herself as a captivatingly original voice in Irish literature * Hot Press * A delicious read . . . A nimble account of student life with a darkly enjoyable undercurrent of secrecy and emotional turmoil -- Sara Baume A joy to read - disarming, entertaining and life-affirming. A blisteringly good portrayal of complex lives and loves. It's an enthralling debut from a hugely talented writer -- Danielle McLaughlin Brilliant, vivid - I enjoyed this book ENORMOUSLY -- Marian Keyes Eimear Ryan is a superbly talented writer and Holding Her Breath is a brilliantly realised, gripping, and moving first novel, full of startling perceptions and richly believable characters. This is absolutely the real thing -- Kevin Power A confident, textured, fluent novel about first love - and the campus novel sections are a pure joy -- Niamh Campbell Written with a wonderful clarity and insight, Holding Her Breath lingers in the imagination. Beth's unravelling and re-ravelling is drawn with great skill and empathy. A brilliant debut -- Donal Ryan A stunning debut from this new Irish talent, as well as being an exciting page turner it's also a perfect depiction of how it feels to be lost as you embark on a new chapter of your life * Stellar * Enthralling * Image * So finely polished it gleams, and yet it's also almost effortless reading . . . new, bright, exciting, glittering. I absolutely loved it -- Claire Hennessy Stylishly written, with strong female voices * Irish Times * Very assured . . . a refreshing, accomplished debut * Sunday Independent * It's a truly compelling read, and one I wholeheartedly recommend * Buzz * I very much enjoyed reading this one and if you love intimate coming of age tales as much as I do, you have to pick this up -- Miriam Stimpfl An engaging narrative . . . written with perfect poise * Saga * Richly accomplished . . . a true pleasure to read -- Dermot Bolger * Business Post *
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